Pop Anthem Of The Summer "Hell Yeah"
They had been auditioning
people, cattle call auditioning. Nobody really fit. They went to You
Tube and typed in "kid that can sing". Who knows what they
really typed in because I don't know if you typed in "kid that
can sing," my face really pops up. - Colton Rudloff
Boys will be boys, and
Midnight Red is here to prove it. In the boy band tradition of The
Back Street Boys and New Kids On The Block, who they opened for on
tour, this group of exciting and talented young men are carrying on
this pop tradition torch.
Hot on the heels of their EP, "One Club At A Time," and
their own tour as well, Midnight Red is dropping what is sure to be
the pop anthem of the summer, "Hell Yeah".
Midnight Red's Colton Rudloff is here to tell us all about it. Take
it away, Colton.
MS: I met you once at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood, CA one
night when I saw you guys perform there.
CR: Oh, sweet, what did you think?
MS: It was fun and I noticed you have a really loyal fan base.
CR: Those are the ones to have; they'll buy four albums, not just
MS: Well, it seems like you guys are going to really breakout big
time with "Hell Yeah".
CR: That's the whole plan. You heard the music that we performed;
some of them are available on iTunes, but this is the first time we
are saying, "Hey, this is Midnight Red, we are going to be on
the radio, and this is what we got." We're out of the gate.
MS: Good build up. You were found as a band member on YouTube.
CR: They had been auditioning people, cattle call auditioning. Nobody
really fit. They went to You Tube and typed in "kid that can
sing". Who knows what they really typed in because I don't know
if you typed in "kid that can sing," my face really pops
up. (laughs) But I was the first one to come up, so I'm not too mad
MS: Hey, that worked out well for you. (laughs) Spill about being
a huge fan of "American Idol."
CR: Oh, yes, absolutely! That was the real reason I went into singing.
Not until Kelly Clarkson did I become really infatuated with some
MS: Yeah, I heard you were into Kelly Clarkson.
CR: It's not healthy. It's not good. It's like a bad obsession. (laughs)
MS: So, how much are you obsessed?
CR: No, it's a great thing (laughs) I'm sure if she knew how much
of a fan I was, she'd be happy to hear it. I'm really, really into
her. I care about her the same way I would care about family or a
MS: Oh, yeah, that is an obsession. (laughs) So would you duet with
her if you could?
CR: My God, bud, no! I have already met her thanks to Ken Phillips
(MR's PR guy). I don't really know what else there is to live for.
MS: Are you sure you wouldn't want to duet with her? C'mon...
CR: Meeting her was number one on my bucket list so I have to come
up with something better now.
MS: Duet, duet! You gotta do it. Yeah, I have a bucket list, too.
One of mine was to be in a horror movie where I die a violent death.
CR: You did it?
MS: Yes, I did! You like horror movies?
CR: No, I hate them! I want a rom-com or a good comedy.
MS: Horror movies are their own form of rom-com. (laughs)
CR: Yes, I guess we have a different sense of humor. (laughs)
MS: So, you opened for the Back Street Boys and New Kids on the Block.
CR: Getting to see them every night I learned so much. You didn't
catch me in my dressing room, I was out watching the show every night.
My ears were killing me after that tour, it was so loud! (laughs)
Wow! You get a bunch of middle-aged women together, there is nothing
MS: (laughs) Too funny!
CR: We got a lot of exposure from it. After, we would go on Twitter
and search for "Midnight Red" and people would be like,
"Who are these little midgets on stage. I feel like a pedophile
right now." That was always fun, because not everyone is going
to love it. We got people also saying "that is my new favorite
band." I love both sides of it. I love when people think we are
ridiculous or awful, that's not my problem. (laughs)
MS: Everything has it's place, and different strokes for...
CR: I agree!
MS: Dish of your cover of LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It".
CR: You know, I remember being in the room and one of our marketing
girls at Interscope had that idea, and I thought, "oh yeah, that
will never happen." I figured it was people just chatting about
whatever and they eventually made it happen. For me to take my clothes
and dance up to strangers at Hollywood and Highland, CA, that was
a pretty big deal for me. But once you're out there, it was really
kind of fun!
MS: By the way, you guys don't ever lip sync. I could tell from your
Hard Rock performance.
CR: No, no, no! Because we are a group that is really dancing, it
really is tough. I'm not really a dancer. I started dancing because
I am in Midnight Red. I've always been a singer, but then you really
add that whole other cardio aspect. Luckily there are four other guys
on stage, so if you are not doing super well at the moment...
MS: Dancing and singing at the same time is a tough go.
CR: You have got five guys that are trying to match each other and
the choreography is really intense. No kidding, I wanted to throw
up a few times, but you get over it. (laughs)
MS: It's hard. I saw a recent performance of a friend who sang live
but when she was dancing and singing, it was lip synced.
CR: Yeah, it's really tough, I used to be more of a stickler about
not lip syncing. I mean, when I watch people who are really good at
lip syncing on award shows, you're supposed to be perfect and that's
what it's all about. It's going to be a learning experience for all
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